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101 Amazing Things About Dog Lovers
by Todd Hafer, Jedd Hafer
Broadstreet Publishing Group LLC
Broadstreet Publishing Group, LLC
Pub Date 01 Feb 2017
It has been done before, but that doesn’t make 101 Amazing Things About Dog Lovers less likable. The book contains an array of short passages, each taking on a different topic or focusing on a fun about dogs (not about the humans who love them, but more accurate titles have been already been taken). Don’t expect a heavy scientific tome. Instead 101 Amazing Things About Dog Lovers is a light read perfect for sharing with younger family members. The title is classified as Christian because it contains a short bible quote after each “fact” about dogs. It’s a nice idea, but many of the quotes don’t really fit with the text. Though the quotes are good, it appears their inclusion is more for marketing than content.
The book is nicely done, but it is more acceptable than exceptional. There is nothing that makes it stand apart from the myriad collections of dog facts currently on the market.
I received a copy of 101 Amazing Things About Dog Lovers from the publisher and netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Dogs. Early in our relationship with them, dogs lived on the fringes of villages or encampments, but it wasn’t long before canines were welcomed into the heart of civilization—and into the hearts of women, men, and children.
Thousands of years before the birth of Christ, dogs assisted people on hunts, joined them in battle, carried their goods, and sat with them by the fire. The Talmud extols dogs as faithful companions and protectors, noting that God gave Cain a dog as a symbol of His mercy and divine protection. Some Christians believe that the shepherds who visited the baby Jesus brought dogs with them. And according to legend, Saint Patrick was guided by a large gray dog whose chest bore the mark of a white cross.
Today, we love our dogs for myriad reasons. They are loving, hilarious, playful, and loyal. They accept us, quirks and all, and hope we will do the same for them. They connect with us emotionally, often without making a sound. Maybe that is why almost half of all dogs sleep with their owners. And 87 percent of our canines watch TV with us.
Within this book’s covers, you’ll discover truly amazing facts about dogs and the people who love them.
Which U.S. president is the number-one dog fan of all? (And which president’s dog once attacked a French ambassador?)Why should dogs enjoy catnip just as much as cats?How do dogs make commercial airline travel much, much safer?Which canine actor was robbed of an Academy Award?There are at least 101 intriguing things to discover about America’s most loyal pet. So kick back with your dog and let some remarkable canines and their “people” walk their way into your heart. Who knows—maybe you’ll find yourself loving your dog (or dogs) more. If that’s even possible.